Time to change those clocks again — tomorrow morning, at 2:00 a.m., daylight saving time begins. If you're in the US (with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona), that means you'll move your clocks ahead one hour. And while losing an hour of sleep is never fun, gaining an extra hour of light at the end of the day is a welcome change. Here, five ways to help your kids adjust to daylight saving time (and enjoy their extra hour of playtime!)
- Explain What's Happening: The reason daylight saving always falls on a Sunday is to give us a day to adjust to the time change on the weekend, as opposed to during the busy school/work week. Explain to them why they may feel more tired than usual, but be sure to take advantage of the extra hour at the end of the day. Invite them to join you on a tour of your home as you adjust all of your clocks. Be sure to double-check that computers and cell phones have changed automatically.
- Explain Why It's Happening: According to Discovery News, Benjamin Franklin was among the first to suggest the concept of daylight saving back in 1784 (he thought it would be a good way to save on candles). In more recent years, changing the clocks has proven to save on electric usage across the country, and has even led to a decrease in car crashes.
- Enjoy Some Extra Outdoor Play: Depending on where you live, it may or may not feel like Spring. Regardless, take advantage of the sunlight and encourage your kiddos to play outdoors before or after dinner (even if it means having to bundle up!)
- Take a Family Walk: Working parents are often especially appreciative of the extra hour of daylight, as it offers a great opportunity to spend some extra time together as a family. Enjoy a walk around your neighborhood before the sun goes down.
- Hit the Books: If the time change means that your kids aren't tired at their normal bedtime, wind down the day with an extra 15-30 minutes of story time before bed.